Worldly Greetings

Learn to communicate with your foreign friends in their language!






Hallo/Guten Tag 
Dia dhuit

Good Bye
Dutch/Flemish Finnish French German Hungarian Irish Italian Portuguese Spanish Swedish Turkish
Dag Näkemiin Au revoir Auf Wiedersehen Szia!/Viszlát/Viszontlátásra Slán leat Arrivederci/Ciao Tchau Adiós Hej då/Adjö Hosçakal
Thank You


Dank u
Go raibh maith agat

What’s Your Name?


Hoe heet je?
Mikä sinun nimesi on?
Comment vous appelez?
Wie heißt du?
Hogy hívnak?
Cad is ainm duit?
Come ti chiami?
Como te chamas?
Cómo te llamas?
Vad heter du?
Adin ne?

I am called…


Ik heet (your name)
Minun nimeni on (your name)
Je m’appelle (your name)
Ich heiße (your name)
(your name)nak hívnak
(your name) is ainm dom
Mi chiamo (your name)
Chamo-me (your name)
Me llamo (your name)
Jag heter (your name)
Adim (name)/Ismim (name)

How old are you?


Hoe oud ben je?
Kuinka vanha sinä olet?
Quel âge avez – vous?
Wie alt bist du?
Hány éves vagy?
Cén aois thú?
Quanti anni hai ?
Quantos anos tens?
Cuántos años tienes?
Hur gammal är du?
Kaç yasindasiniz?

I am…years old


Ik ben … jaar oud
Minä olen … vuotta vanha
J’ai … ans
Ich bin … Jahre alt
Én … éves vagyok
Táim … bliain d’aois
Ho … anni
Eu tenho … anos
Tengo … años
Jag är … år
… yasindayim

Robot Fun Facts

What is a robot?

A robot is a machine that can complete a series of actions automatically. Robots can be any shape or size.


How do robots move?

Electronic circuits make is able to move. These can be controlled by radio signals from a distance, a local remote or a computer.


Where does the word “robot” come from?

The word “robot” was first used in a Czech play in 1920. It comes from the Czech word for work or labour.


Can robots feel?

Robots cannot feel emotions. However, they can be built to have senses. Television cameras have light sensitive cells that can “see” for the robot. Some robots have touch-sensitive pads that enable it to pick up a delicate object without breaking it.


What is an Android?

Simply, an android is a robot shaped like a human being.


Do we use robots for dangerous jobs?

Yes. When a task is too dangerous for a human to do, a robot may be sent in to carry out a series of complicated tasks. Robots are used to deactivate booby-trapped bombs, handle dangerous chemicals and take reads in dangerous areas of the Earth, such as volcano’s. Robots are sometimes destroyed during these tasks. As much as we do not want to loose the robot, a loss of human life would be far worse.


Are robots used in factories?

Yes. Humans control the robots and fix anything that goes wrong, but robots carry out tedious tasks. For example, in the production line of a car assembly, they may have a robot that will tighten the tire screws instead of having a human do the job.


Do they use robots in space?

Yes. Robots have been sent to Mars. These robots collect soil, rock and atmosphere samples, analyze them and then send the data back to Earth. Missions manned by robots are a lot cheaper than sending humans. You can also leave a human on a distant planet forever. You can’t do that to a human!


Will robots be able to think for themselves?

This is not known. In many ways, after being programed properly, they already think for themselves. They are able to assess a lot of information in a particular circumstance and make a decision based on what they “know”. Some robots even learn! If they make a mistake they learn not to repeat it.


What is animatronics?

Animatronics is a method of animating models by using specially developed robotic techniques. They use this for museum displays and cinema work. You can see it when you watch such things as humans being eaten or beaten up by dinosaurs, aliens or monsters.


What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality is a series of effects produced by a computer that enables someone wearing special equipment to feel as if they are really within an artificially created world. Wearing electronically controlled gloves and other clothing make it possible for you to think you can feel objects in the virtual world. A helmet relays sounds and pictures to you. I’ve had this experience when I was overseas and I LOVED it! If you see this technology at a science fair, get in line to experience it!!

Emoticons For Kids

OK, so you are in chat and you are really mad. But, the person you are chatting too thinks you are joking and in a great mood. How do you let people know the emotions behind the typed words? Well, that’s easy, use EMOTICONS. Emoticons are expressive faces you make with various keys on your keyboard.


Here is a list of the most commonly used emoticons in forums and chats. Now you can put some emotion into your words!

Hugs & Kisses


Evil Smile



: – *

So Sour





Useful Acronyms For Chat

Have you noticed that people seem to use some kind of ‘code system’ while talking in chatrooms? You see these in every chatroom on the Internet. You can’t go anywhere and get away from them. You even saw them used in a channel for Japan and one for Germany. What is going on? I bet all those ‘codes’ seem confusing to you. I’m going to help you by explaining what is going on and giving you some of the ‘codes’.


This ‘code system’ that you see people using are nothing more than acronyms. Acronyms are groups of letters that stand for words or sayings. People use acronyms in chat so that they can type less and say more.


Here is a list of the most commonly used acronyms in chat. Now you can start talking in ‘code’ too!


See You Later


Age/gender /location check


Trying Not Too Laugh




That’s All For Now


Ta Ta For Now


Talk To You Later


Thank Goodness It’s Friday


There Is No Justice


Oh My


Oh I See


On The Floor Laughing


On The Floor


Rolling On The Floor Laughing


Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Butt Off


On The Other Hand


Real Soon Now


Laughing Out Loud


Later Dude


Lots And Lots Of Thunderous Applause


No Problem


No Further Message



Babysitting – Getting Started

Getting Started

First, you need to be old enough to babysit. Although in most places there is not a law governing how old you need to be, most parents agree that 12 or older is a good age. You should always check the laws of your country, province or state to be sure you are old enough to babysit. Talk to your parents as well. They can give you a lot of feedback as to whether or not they believe you are ready to babysit at your age.

Second, you need to determine whether or not babysitting is your thing. Taking care of someone else’s children is a big responsibility. If you can handle that burden, enjoy spending time with children, have patience, are trustworthy and dependable, have good organizational skills, are a good communicator and enjoy teaching through fun activities, babysitting may be a good job for you.

Third, you should know what babysitting is all about before you jump head first into your first babysitting job. It is always a good idea to participate in a babysitting training course. These courses are usually offered through your school or local YWCA. You can sign up for an online babysitting course as well if you want to do the training from home. These courses often offer babysitting certificates of completion, excellent advice and safety instructions. Many parents prefer a babysitter who has taken one of these courses.

Fourth, always get your parents permission before beginning a babysitting business. You will need their support and guidance in your new position.

Finding a Job

First, you need to determine what kind of babysitting you would like to do. These questions should help you in your determination:

  • How many children can you handle at one time? 
  • What ages are you prepared to deal with? Do you prefer infants, toddlers or older kids?
  • Do you want to babysit on weekends only? Weekdays only? Or, both? 
  • What times and days are you available?
  • Are there certain times of the school year you are unavailable (exams, projects)?
  • Do you want to babysit children with disabilities or behaviour issues? Can you handle that responsibility? 
  • Are you patient? Can you handle a crying or demanding child? 
  • Are you able to enforce parents rules without giving in?
  • Do you have support at home that you can call when you need advice on the job?

Second, you need to look for work. Let your parents get the word out that you are available for babysitting. Hand out flyers in your neighbourhood or at your school. Sometimes people put want ads up online and in newspapers looking for reliable part-time or occasional babysitters. Call these people and find out more about the job. Let your parents come with you to meet the family before you take on a job.

Third, determine what your wage you will work for. In order to determine this you need to do a bit or research. Find out how much babysitter are paid in your area. You can ask friends at school how much they charge or ask family friends how much they pay their babysitters.

Getting Things Ready

First, meet the parents and children of the job you are considering accepting. This not only gives you an opportunity to get a “feel” for the family, it allows you to impress the parents and show them that you are knowledgeable and can be trusted.

At this meeting, you should fill in the following forms:

Babysitting Planner
Emergency Information
Job Information

You should also leave them your, About Me sheet at this meeting.

Second, let your friends know when you will be available after a babysitting job. This way you will not be distracted by telephone calls or unexpected drop-ins by friends.

Third, keeping safety in mind, plan activities for the kids. Keeping kids occupied is the key to an enjoyable babysitting job.

Here are a few suggestion to pack in your activity bag to help keep the kids occupied and happy:

  1. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  2. Pack a different book each time you go to babysit. Or, pack their favorite one!
  3. Bring plastic containers full of ingredients to make cookies. Kids love to bake.
  4. Bring the materials needed to make a fun seasonal or theme craft.
  5. Pack some crayons, glue, safety scissors, markers and glitter. Print out some coloring pages and have fun!
  6. Make a game by asking what their favorite things such as colors, animals, food, songs, and make up a story together that includes all their favorite things.
  7. Cut up the front of a cereal box in fun shapes to make a puzzle. You can glue pictures from kids magazines on cardboard and cut them up too. Keep puzzle pieces in zip lock baggies.
  8. Mix 1 cup water, 1/3 cup dish soap (Joy, Sunlight, etc) and 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup to make bubbles. Use things from around the house as bubble makers, apple corer, potato masher, handle of a basting brush, etc.
  9. Make forts out of pillows and sheets. Making forts is easy for them and gives them a little hiding place. Bring along a flashlight or two and camp out in the family room.
  10. Toddlers love to play pretend. For an ice cream store you will need a table, clean ice cream containers, ice cream scoops, and cones made from paper. For a fun day at the beach you will need bathing suits, towels, sunglasses, a radio, and beach toys. To go grocery shopping you will need to gather empty food boxes and containers, play money, and cardboard boxes for shopping carts.
  11. Bring along a board or card game to play with the children. Try operation, candyland, go fish, crazy eights, tic-tac-toe, etc
  12. LEGO provides hours of endless fun through imagination. A bucket of lego is a good business investment.
  13. Bring along some CD’s and/or tapes and dance and sing.
  14. Go for a nice walk and play I-Spy along the way.

Enjoy yourself and always remember to keep safety in mind when playing with and watching young children.

Babysitting Safety

  • Have the following emergency information written down and readily accessible in the event of an emergency (on the refrigerator is a good place); Family name, children’s names, instructions on how to contact parents, phone numbers of close relatives and neighbors, doctor’s name and phone number and the phone number of the poison control center.

  • In the event of an emergency, call 911 and identify yourself by name, tell them you are babysitting and state the problem. State the address of the house where you are. Give the phone number you are calling from. Follow any instructions the emergency personnel tell you.

  • Get written instructions about any medications to be given to the children. Be sure to find out amounts and times.

  • Plan a fire drill in your head. Plan on more ways than one to get yourself and the children out of the house in case of fire. Read Fire Safety Rules

  • If there is a swimming pool, find out if the children are allowed to swim in it during your care. If they are, find out all the safety rules for that family and make sure you are fully aware of all the children at all times. They cannot be left alone in or by a pool.

  • Find out if you are to give the children anything to eat or drink before bed. Ask about any food allergies.

  • Make sure all the doors and windows are locked from the inside, and lock the front door after the parents leave. Turn on the front light to the house.

  • Make sure you know where the children are and what they are doing at all times. Stay with younger children to ensure their safety.

  • Never leave a child in the bathtub alone. Not even for a minute. It only takes a few seconds for a child to drown. If the doorbell or phone rings, ignore it.

  • Do not allow strangers into the house unless the people you are babysitting for leave specific instructions for you to let someone in. If you must let someone in and you have never seen them before, only open the door a little way and ask the person for picture ID.

  • When a phone call comes in, take a message and tell them that the parent will call them back shortly. Don’t let them caller know you are there alone with the kids for a long period of time.

  • After the children go to sleep, check on them every 20-30 minutes.

Babysitting Rules for Young Babysitters

  • Do not allow your friends to come over and visit you without permission from the parents. Even then, it really isn’t a good idea. It is hard to watch children when you are socializing with friends.
  • If you have brought homework to do, try and do it when the children are sleeping. If you must do your homework when they are awake, do it at the kitchen table and give the children some coloring or crafts to do at the table with you.
  • Do not allow children to climb or jump off of furniture or other things.
    Make sure all doors and windows are locked and watch that the children do not get out of the house when your back is turned.

  • Do not use the phone for longer than a few minutes. You are there to watch small children and it only takes a seconds for something to go terribly wrong.
  • Do not use any kitchen appliance without the permission of the parents. If you do need to use an appliance, make sure the children are well out of harms way. Read Kitchen Safety Rules
  • Do not use the parents computer, sound system or any other electronic equipment without their permission. Make sure they explain to you how things work before leaving the house.
  • Follow any other rules that the parent tells you about.

101 Praises For Kids

Praises to give your kids to let them know you support them!

  1. Way-to-go!
  2. You’re special.
  3. You’re on your way.
  4. How smart!
  5. Good Job!
  6. Good for you!
  7. You’re a winner.
  8. Terrific!
  9. Great discovery.
  10. I trust you.
  11. You’re exciting.
  12. You’re so sweet.
  13. You make my life complete.
  14. You’re so heavenly.
  15. Bravo!
  16. Super!
  17. Outstanding!
  18. Great!
  19. Wow!
  20. That’s amazing!
  21. How nice.
  22. That’s incredible!
  23. You’re adorable.
  24. Dynamite!
  25. Beautiful work.
  26. Remarkable job.
  27. Nothing can stop you now.
  28. You’re beautiful.
  29. You’re one-of-a-kind.
  30. You’re so creative.
  31. Great work!
  32. Fantastic job!
  33. Phenomenal!
  34. You are so important.
  35. You figured it out.
  36. Hip! Hip! Hooray!
  37. You did that very well.
  38. Good learning!
  39. You’re a good listener.
  40. You’re are so much fun.
  41. You’re caring.
  42. You tried very hard.
  43. Wonderful sharing.
  44. You’re a treasure.
  45. Awesome!
  46. You’re wonderful.
  47. You’re A-OK!
  48. You made my day.
  49. Say, “Thank you”.
  50. You have a great sense of humor.
  51. Good!
  52. You make me happy.
  53. You’re incredible.
  54. You’re on target.
  55. Looking good.
  56. I knew you could do it.
  57. I’m proud of you.
  58. Well done!
  59. Marvelous!
  60. Exceptional performance.
  61. You’re a real trooper.
  62. You are so responsible.
  63. What a great imagination.
  64. You belong.
  65. That’s right.
  66. Now you’ve got it!
  67. You’re catching on.
  68. You’re on top of it.
  69. Nice work!
  70. Excellent!
  71. That’s remarkable.
  72. Beautiful!
  73. You’re precious.
  74. Magnificent!
  75. Super work!
  76. You’re a good friend.
  77. You mean a lot to me.
  78. That’s the best.
  79. Give them a big hug.
  80. You’ve discovered the secret.
  81. You’re spectacular.
  82. You’re a darling.
  83. I like you.
  84. You’re fantastic.
  85. Neat!
  86. That’s good manners.
  87. Bingo!
  88. You’re growing up.
  89. You’re getting better.
  90. You brighten my day.
  91. That’s perfect.
  92. You’re such a joy.
  93. You’re so kissable.
  94. You have a wonderful smile.
  95. You make me feel good.
  96. You work hard.
  97. Good thinking!
  98. Good planning!
  99. You’re a good helper.
  100. I like the way you did that.
  101. Say, “I Love You” – often

Dinosaur Fun Facts

When did the dinosaurs first appear on Earth?

The oldest dinosaur types appeared about 230 million years ago.


Did people and dinosaurs live at the same time?

No. After the dinosaurs died out, nearly 65 million years passed before people appeared on Earth.


Where did dinosaurs live?

Paleontologists now have evidence that dinosaurs lived on all of the continents.


How many kinds of dinosaurs were there?

Scientists are discovering new species all the time. About 700 species have been named so far and no one is sure how many more will be found in the future.


What did dinosaurs eat?

The meat eaters (carnivores) ate other dinosaurs, turtles, lizards, eggs or small mammals. Most dinosaurs, were plant-eaters (herbivores) and ate pine needles, ferns, mosses, rushes and other plants. A few may have been omnivorous, and ate meat and plants.


What colour were the dinosaurs?

Nobody knows the real colours of dinosaurs because pigment is not preserved in fossils. Many palaeontologists believe that dinosaurs were probably earth-tone colours (greens, greys, browns) so they would be camouflaged in their environment. They may have even had irregular patterns to blend in with their environment.


How old did dinosaurs get?

It is not possible to age the dinosaurs from their fossils. Based on a comparison to modern reptiles and large mammals, it is estimated that dinosaurs may have lived for 50-150 years.


What was the largest dinosaur?

Scientists believe that the Seismosaurus, who was between 120-150 feet long, was probably the largest dinosaur. They have not yet extracted a whole fossil to confirm this belief. Until then the Brachiosaurus, who were 40 feet tall and weighed 70-80 tons is the largest fully documented dinosaur.


Which dinosaur was the smallest?

Scientists believe that the smallest dinosaur was the Compsognathus. These dinosaurs were just slightly larger than a chicken, about 3 ft long and probably weighed about 2.5 kg (6.5 lb).


Which is the smartest dinosaur?

Troodon seemed to have had the largest brain of any dinosaur in relation to its body size. This may indicate that they were the most intelligent dinosaur.


When did dinosaurs become extinct?

Dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago (at the end of the Cretaceous Period), after living on Earth for about 165 million years.


Why did the dinosaurs die out?

There are dozens of theories to explain a probable cause or causes. Throughout the Mesozoic Era, individual dinosaur species were evolving and becoming extinct for various reasons. The unusually massive extinction at the end of the Cretaceous exterminated the last of the dinosaurs, the flying reptiles, and the large swimming reptiles, as well as many other marine animals. There is now widespread evidence that a meteorite impact was at least the partial cause for this extinction.

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